For those in ministry, COVID has brought a lot of extra weight, responsibility, and uncertainty. The past two years have not been easy—leaving some to wonder if vocational ministry is really still the calling on their lives.

If fulfilling your calling has felt more like suffering, toil, and endless hard labor with no end in sight, if you feel like you’re in a fight—none of this necessarily indicates that something is wrong. In fact, it might mean that you are right where you’re supposed to be.

Today’s message is from a classic text about the call of God, Colossians 1:24–2:1, which helps leaders understand:

  1. What God’s call might feel like (Hint: it felt like suffering and toil to Paul.)
  2. How we know his call
  3. How we can follow his call, despite the difficulty